Summer Vacation Series: Our Family Trip to the Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens

Hi Friends!
This post is going to be the first in my series of summer vacation blogs. As I mentioned in a previous post, our family is going to be having some major fun together this summer – and I couldn’t be happier than to share it all with you, my amazing followers and readers. I am also very happy to answer any questions you might have in regard to any of the locations we visit, as well as help point you in the right direction if I can’t be of help to you.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into this first of many family trip blogs: our family trip to the Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens.

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Father’s Day Gifts From the Heart

Have you decided what you are going to be doing for your significant other for Father’s Day this year? I’ve put together a few quick, easy, and painless Father’s Day art projects that I thought were too cute not to share and that I had found across the internet- and I will be making one of these myself for my loving, hardworking husband. So, if you’re in a bind and can’t figure out what to do, why not give one of these ideas a try and make him something from the heart with the little ones! If your husband is anything like mine, he appreciates good home made things from the heart rather than store bought any day.

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Cloth Diapering Adventures

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Cloth diapering is totally a thing. In fact, it’s a huge industry – more and more moms are making the switch, and now more than ever I want to take a few minutes to educate those who are interested in learning more about the world of cloth.

CD’s, Cloth diapers, Nappies, Fluff Butts – no matter what you and your mom groups may call them, the truth is, they cant be beat. Cloth is so the way to go if you want to save big money and customize your cutie’s bottom with the most colorful, trendy, patterned prints imaginable. Until cloth diapers, most of us puttered through diapering our children with the same boring mainstream brand diapers which no doubt caused chemical burns, rashes, and smelled putrid once wet. Granted, women have been cloth diapering their babies for centuries, but cloth diapers have come a very long way.

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Vacation Planning in Full Effect!

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This summer is going to be epic. Fun in mass proportions, laughter to reach sky high, smiles that stretch from ear to ear. Ah, yes. I’m talking about having some fun in the sun with my incredible family.

I am already full throttle vacation planning – and little does my hardworking, amazing, handsome, incredible husband know, I have some pretty amazing things in store for our family this summer season! I literally cannot wait to see my kids and husband’s faces when I announce some of the cool things I have in store for them.

Unfortunately, vacations have been something that have taken a back burner as of recent years due to family circumstances, other happenstances, pregnancy, a new baby, stress, and everything else in between. However; I am very happy to announce that no longer will anything hold us back. No sir. This summer is all about having fun and documenting our time every step of the way. This summer is all about making some memories to last a lifetime. The time for fun is now, and I am beyond excited to document and share our family memories with all of you – my incredible readers – every step of the way!

Our summer is going to be absolutely unforgettable. And if you follow my blog and everything that’s been going on in my/our lives lately, you know how badly my family needs this time away to regroup, engage in fun family activities with one another, and just laugh and smile and enjoy life. Never before has a family needed this time so badly as we do.

Here’s to summer vacation – bring on the fun!

 

Deals and Steals: Shopping Day on a Budget

Hey everyone! Good Afternoon and welcome to another edition of a day in the life of me.

I have spent the majority of the day out and about shopping and enjoying some time with my now 13 year old and of course, Baby Richi. It’s been a really pleasant day, given the fact that it’s rained most the day today. As a matter of fact, it’s downpoured so much over the past week that we have received over a foot of rain! Incredible since we were in such a drought. God sure provided!

I stopped by Bed Bath & Beyond because I had seen online that they sell cloth diapers and accessories, and so I wanted to check out what they had available in stock. I was of course let down when I asked a sales associate where to find the items, and said they only had those items available online, but she was helpful enough to let me know that I could place an order online and pick the items up in store, or she could even order the items I wanted for me and I could pick them up in store. Regardless, I skipped over buying any cloth diapers today and opted for the clearance section, where I found some awesome deals. I got a cute shower curtain, regularly priced at $40.00, for $4.98. It had been a display model but I didn’t care; I knew all I had to do was wash it as it’s a fabric curtain and it would be good as new – and it came out beautiful! The colors are bright and it looks very summery. I really do love it.

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Natural Cleaning Products – DIY Recipes Inside!

As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate for natural everything – that includes what I use to clean my home. I love making my own cleaning products. It’s much more simple than you might think! Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite cleaning product recipes with you so that you can give them a try yourself. Will they smell like those chemical-laden products you find on the store shelves? No, probably not – however, there are healthy and environmental friendly options for adding some great scent to your products! Read on if you want to know how.

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Chew Me Jewelry – a Fabulous Etsy Store Review

I don’t know about you, but I love me a good piece of chewelry. Yes, you read that right. Chewlery is a form of chewable jewelry that you wear – think of it as a teething toy of sorts for the little ones. Basically, it’s a fidget spinner for babies (LOL). Not only is it fabulous for teething, it’s also great at keeping the little guy occupied while he nurses or while I hold him and walk around taking care of things.

I have a couple great pieces I really love, but my newest piece comes from Chew Me Jewelry, a small store owned and run by a sweet, pretty mama named Tara Field. Tara so graciously sent me a piece for review, and when I received it, it was everything I hoped it would be! The colors are beautiful and very right on to my normal color schemes that I typically wear, and the hexagon silicone beads are just absolutely beautiful. It’s simple and easy to care for, just wash in warm soapy water, rinse very well and hang to dry.

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Want More Mom Friends? Join me on Social Media!

Are you a mom who wishes she had more mom friends? I was too, until I found mom.life – an app just for moms.

I really had nobody to really talk to as a mom. I didn’t have any women in my area that I actually knew, with children, that I bonded well with. And when I was pregnant with Richi, and found this app, that all changed.

If you’d like to be my friend and converse with me more, make mom friends in your immediate area for play dates, or friends abroad, we’d would love to have you. This is a free app for women only, where you can feel safe, get to know other like minded women in your area or just to talk to in general, engage in group chats (as a matter of fact, I run two group chats myself! I run a Christian moms chat and a cloth diaper chat), share tips and get advice, recipe swap, share pics of your family and so much more!

I am mrsmccormick on the mom.life app! https://ml.app.link/Ik7KrDE5zD is where you can find and download the app on either Android or iPhone.

This is what the page will look like if you click the link above from your computer:

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Simply add your number, get a text with a link to download the app. It’s that simple. Once you join the app and begin engaging and making friends, you can thank me later 🙂

I hope to see you there, and I’d love to connect with you!

If the app asks, mention mrsmccormick sent you!

Have a great day!

Yes, I’m THAT mom.

Mom shaming takes many forms.

With that being said, I was recently under attack for the way I choose to parent my baby. Why, you ask? Because I am crunchy. Some would call me almost crispy. What is a crunchy mom? Well, crunchymoms.com defines a crunchy mom as such:

A “crunchy mom” is a woman on a quest for more information.  A mom who is environmentally, health, and socially conscious. She cares enough about her family to question the status quo. She recognizes that there are a variety of approaches to individual problems and refuses to be locked into a single perspective. She seeks to learn more about why things happen and tries to discover the root cause of the problems she observes.

With this knowledge comes responsibility, to our families, other moms, and our communities. When we know better, we do better. She is not afraid to speak her mind when necessary to help or protect someone. A mom who fosters a strong, positive bond with their children through natural living.

Here’s another definition from thesnapmom.com:

The definition of Crunchy:

Crunchy refers to the crunch of granola, which (as goes the stereotype) hippie-esque people are likely to eat. To be crunchy is to be along the mindset of all-natural. There’s a very broad spectrum but here are some topics associated with crunchy mommies:

Natural birthing, home-birthing, placenta encapsulating (we have a video on this), breastfeeding, babywearing, baby-led weaning, cloth diapering, ECing (elimination communication), co-sleeping, bed sharing, non or selective vaccinating, anti-circumcision, attachment parenting techniques, homeschooling or un-schooling, natural medicine (lots of probiotics), natural living, organic eating plus many more that would fall into that same train of thought…

With that being said, I practice the following in my own life:

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